Donna Morin -Flannery - ERA Key Realty Services

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Where do you start when you first consider purchasing a home? Buyers who are new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a house or where they want to live. While the dream homes found online, in magazines, and on your favorite television show are great resources for design and style, visiting open house events will help you to hone in on features that will best serve your household.

When visiting open houses, follow these tips to make the most of your time:

  • Allow plenty of time for each house on your list. If the home appeals to you, take a few moments afterward to drive or walk around the neighborhood.

  • Create a list of must-haves’, likes, and dislikes to help you evaluate each property. Add ideas that appeal to you during each open house experience.

  • Sign in when you arrive but let the hosting agent know if you’ve already selected a real estate agent.

  • Dress comfortably. You might climb stairs, descend into basements, visit attics, or walk from house to house in the neighborhood so be sure to wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

  • As you tour, create a list of questions for your real estate agent to address with the selling agent if you plan to submit an offer.

  • Do not peek into closets, cupboards, pantries, or drawers if the hosting agent indicates are off-limits. Your agent can arrange an in-depth viewing if you’re the property is one you’d like to pursue.

  • Take note if you smell deodorizers and air fresheners. They could be masking pet odors or could indicate something more serious. If you’re interested in making an offer, ask your agent for help identifying the source before moving forward.

  • Respect the seller's privacy by not taking photos without the host’s permission.

Questions related to making an offer and other negotiations should be funneled through your real estate agent. If you’re interested in the property, ask your agent to arrange a follow-up viewing. Make a list of all your questions and follow up with your agent as soon as possible especially if you want to make an offer on the property.

4 Crestview Dr, Spencer, MA 01562



The art of carefree living is yours in this immaculate and tastefully updated one level condo! You will love it the moment you step inside! Enjoy a wonderful and open floor plan for easy entertaining! Spacious rooms! Your large diningroom table will fit! New gas furnace, hot water heater, central air, flooring, countertops & bath! Peaceful meadow views are yours from your private deck! Beautiful seasonal changes and wildlife of all kinds.Two generous sized bedrooms and a great new bath in between! This unit does have private laundry but there is also a coin operated set up in the basement. Extra storage for each unit is down there also. Plenty of parking. Walk to the bus line, shopping & restaurants. 6 units in this building. This unit has a walkout to the backyard space. Just the meadow behind you. Nice privacy! These owners have loved this place for 17 years and it shows. No more yard work or exterior upkeep! You'll love this lifestyle! Spend relaxing weekends doing something fun!
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As a homebuyer, it is important to do everything you can to find your dream residence. Once you discover your ideal house, you should be ready to submit a competitive offer to purchase this home.

Ultimately, there are several factors to consider as you try to put together a competitive offer to purchase your dream house. These factors include:

1. A Home's Age and Condition

Examine a house closely before you craft an offer to purchase – you will be glad you did. Because if you leave no stone unturned in your quest to learn about a residence, you can create an offer to purchase that accounts for a house's age and condition.

If you have questions about a house, you should reach out to a seller's agent. That way, you can address these questions before you submit an offer to purchase.

Also, it is important to remember that there is no such thing as a "bad" question to ask about a house. A home purchase may be one of the biggest transactions you will complete in your lifetime. And if you devote time and energy to learn about all aspects of a house, you can ensure you are ready to purchase this home. Perhaps best of all, you can identify potential home problems that otherwise may prove to be costly and time-intensive down the line.

2. The Current State of the Housing Market

Differentiating between a buyer's market and seller's market is key, particularly for those who are ready to submit an offer to purchase a house. If you assess the local housing sector, you can find out whether a buyer's or seller's market is in place and submit an appropriate offer to purchase your dream residence.

In a buyer's market, homes may remain available for many weeks or months after they are listed. Thus, a seller may be willing to accept an offer to purchase, even if it falls below his or her initial home asking price.

Comparatively, in a seller's market, there is a shortage of quality houses available. And in this market, the best houses sell quickly, which means you likely will need to submit a competitive offer to purchase to secure your ideal home.

To determine if a buyer's or seller's market is in effect, take a look at how quickly houses are selling in your city or town. You also should find out if homes are selling at or above their initial asking prices. With this information in hand, you will be better equipped than ever before to submit a competitive offer to purchase your dream house.

3. Your Homebuying Budget

There is no need to overspend to buy your ideal house. Therefore, you should try to submit an offer to purchase that accounts for your homebuying budget.

Oftentimes, it helps to meet with banks and credit unions before you embark on a home search. This will allow you to get pre-approved for a mortgage and enter the homebuying journey with a budget at your disposal.

As you navigate the homebuying journey, you may want to hire a real estate agent, too. Because if you have a real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble crafting a competitive offer to acquire your dream residence.

This Commercial in New Braintree, MA recently sold for $837,000. This style home was sold by Donna Morin -Flannery - ERA Key Realty Services.

860/873 West Brookfield Rd, New Braintree, MA 01531


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A unique property, opportunity & a safe place to put your family. Secluded 212 acres w/ 100 acres open pasture & 100 acres forest for hiking & recreation. The primary residence atop a 15 acre hill has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths w/ addit. building shell for a 2 bdrm granny flat. Garden patch & potential for crops in fields for self sufficiency. Home has solar panels for all electrical needs while supplying $4k yearly income in SREC payments. Outside wood boiler provides heat/hot water. 3 oversized drive thru garage bays w/ workshop/storage. Home has mix use potential w/ fully applianced commercial kitchen, an 8x16 walk in freezer room & 8x8 walk in refrigerator. You or family could work from home. Land has 2 buildable spots now & the rest of the land has a building restriction ending in 5 years. Current price for the land reflects this restriction. In 5 years addit. 10 ANR lots come available, so this lands value is likely to outpace other market value changes. Over a mile of road frontage.

This Single-Family in Spencer, MA recently sold for $247,647. This Cape style home was sold by Donna Morin -Flannery - ERA Key Realty Services.

5 South St, Spencer, MA 01562


Sale Price

1st time on the market! Come and see this wonderful starter home in a great neighborhood within walking distance to shopping, bus line,walking trails, restaurants....Hobbyists will love the 2 car, HEATED GARAGE with tons of storage and a room over for a workshop or game room and it has town water/sewer hook up for future projects. Inside the 1st floor has hardwood flooring throughout plus washer & dryer! in the full bath. Updated electrical, plumbing ,gas boiler & hot water heater! Full, walkout basement has plenty of room for a workshop! Fantastic, enclosed porch to enjoy bug free nights. Private deck for grilling and relaxing! Easy to maintain fenced in yard will be perfect for kids and/or pets & garden. Less than 15 minutes to MA pike and quick access to many other major routes makes this a great commuter location. Priced to sell! Don't wait!

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